Author Archives: Michael Spence

The Soul of the 7th Son: Aleph

If you want to see a good example of an SFF novel that slips in philosophical issues without whacking you upside the head with them, check out 7th Son, by J.C. Hutchins.

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Moving is such an enjoyable task … NOT

As you can see, this site has not only a new location but a new look.

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Hello to a colleague

I said at the outset that I wanted to consider some theological themes as they relate to current science fiction and fantasy. Well, it turns out someone beat me to it. Please check out Jason Rennie’s excellent podcast The Sci … Continue reading

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How appropriate is our national anthem?

Occasionally we hear the complaint that “The Star-Spangled Banner” is an inappropriate national anthem for the USA. During the ’60s I heard it especially, most likely because war wasn’t, um, a hugely popular concept at the time. Francis Scott Key’s … Continue reading

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He is risen

He is risen indeed!” And you can bet the farm on it. In fact, you already have. But is your money on “True” or “False”?

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My word, someone liked it

“One Drink Before You Go” just received a Fictionwise Recommendation: Michael Spence’s “One Drink Before You Go” is an ancient tale as current in appeal as it is age-old. Another gem from Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Worlds.” — Eugen Bacon, … Continue reading

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Intelligent Design and President Tilghman

John Teevan, guest contributor Clerk’s Log, MJD 53817.9: Continuing our discussion on naturalistic evolution and Intelligent Design, we present the following letter by John Teevan (who graciously agreed to share it with us), a condensed version of which was published … Continue reading

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JW returns

In case you didn’t see last February’s article on Joan Winston, it’s relevant again: she’ll be at Shore Leave 28 (7–9 July 2006), along with Peter David and — can it be true? — Susan Shwartz. Get acquainted with these … Continue reading

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You know you’ve REALLY made it when …

…Brad Guigar (of the comic strips “Evil Inc.,” “Courting Disaster,” and “Phables“) issues you your Forum Powers! Behold and tremble: Or at least swallow that mouthful of coffee first.

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God on our side in Twenty-aught-six?

Today’s quotation from A.Word.A.Day: The problem with being sure that God is on your side is that you can’t change your mind, because God sure isn’t going to change His. — Roger Ebert, film-critic (1942– ) I’ll give that an … Continue reading

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